Here is a remarkable suzuribako made by a renowned master craftsman named Takai Tairei (1880-1971), pupil of Ikeda Taishi (1825-1903). A suzuribako is a box, which contains the suzuri (ink stone) used to grind sumi (ink stick) in water. The box also contains a suiteki (water dropper; see picture 10).
The magnificently designed box with motifs of carved garden flowers growing amid bamboo fences, some of which are made in aogai (pearl decoration; see picture 2 and 3), offers an image of summery abundance and serenity (more pictures available on demand) likely to inspire the writing of rich calligraphies. This box is a wonderful example of the mastery of its maker and the level of sophistication of Japanese aesthetics.
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The box is in very good condition. It is signed by the artist in gold lacquer.
Dimensions: 21 x 20 x 11 cm (8.2 x 8 x 4.4 in)
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